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Manchester United vs. Leicester City team news

Posted on May 01, 2016  by Stretford-end  in Leicester City, Man United, Man United News, Match Previews   No Comments »
Manchester United vs. Leicester City team news
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Team news is in from Old Trafford as Manchester United look to dent Leicester’s title party

The team news from Old Trafford is in, as Manchester United look to dent Leicester City’s title charge and postpone celebrations for another day.

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Manchester City vs. Manchester United preview & view from opp

Posted on March 20, 2016  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Manchester City, Match Previews, Premier League   No Comments »
Manchester City vs. Manchester United preview & view from opp
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Bastian Schweinsteiger puts in a tackle against Manchester City in the 0-0 draw earlier in the season

In what was once an epic clash for the league title, the Manchester derby has now been replaced with the battle for fourth spot and Champions League qualification. Manchester City, who head in to the derby fifteen points off league leaders Leicester City and comfortably in the quarter finals of the Champions League, have had a poor run of form against top half of the table teams and must pick up all three points today if indeed Manuel Pellegrini is to add to his one league winners medal in what is his season finale at The Etihad.

Louis van Gaal looks again to be on borrowed time, which we have discussed on so many occasions throughout the season, with reports suggesting that the club has signed a pre-contract agreement with Jose Mourinho – who is still jobless following his dismissal at Chelsea earlier in the season. United come into the game off the back of a limp exit to Liverpool in the Europa League – the club’s first defeat to English opposition in Europe. van Gaal hasn’t won an league away game since the 1-0 victory over United’s Europa League conquerors – with Wayne Rooney scoring a late undeserved winner.

The away side are missing Wayne Rooney, Luke Shaw and Phil Jones – whilst Ashley Young and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson are back in training, but are unlikely to start. Juan Mata is back in contention following his dismissal in the 1-0 defeat away at WBA two weeks ago. Manchester City will be without club captain Vincent Kompany – who picked up a calf injury against Dynamo Kiev, whilst Nicolas Otamendi will be assessed ahead of the game.

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Louis van Gaal can answer press critics with a win at Stoke City

Posted on December 26, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United   No Comments »
Louis van Gaal can answer press critics with a win at Stoke City
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Former Manchester United forward Falcao scores the equaliser against Stoke City

It has been an eventful week for Louis van Gaal and the Manchester United boss has come out fighting. There has been speculation that the Ducthman could be out of a job, with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho waiting in the background; however this notion was well and truly quashed in van Gaal’s press conference during the week.

The game against Stoke City is crucial for United to pick up a win, which would be the club’s first win since beating Watford 2-1 last month. The Dutchman, along with club captain Wayne Rooney, understand that the current form is simply not good enough and United must “improve immediately” if they are to retain last season’s status as a top four club. United have won thirteen times at Stoke City in the league, with the last one coming in the title winning season of 2012/13.

Louis van Gaal was defiant in his midweek press conference and acted as you would expect a Manchester United manager to respond. However, it will be on the pitch where he can really showcase a response. United have been far too slow and pedestrian under his watch and the results haven’t been good enough for a club looking to return to the pinnacle of English football. Van Gaal needs to show there is a long term strategy in place – which hasn’t yet materialised despite the so called “philosophy” in place.

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Norwich City travel to United as Jose Mourinho rumours grow

Posted on December 19, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Man United News, Managers, Norwich City, Premier League   No Comments »
Norwich City travel to United as Jose Mourinho rumours grow
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Shinji Kagawa scores a hattrick for Manchester United against Norwich City back in 20013/14

Manchester United are looking for their first win since the 2-1 victory over Watford a month ago. In that time, United have been dumped out of the Champions League and have lost ground on leaders Leicester City in the league. This week has also seen the biggest managerial casualty of the season so far. Jose Mourinho was shown the Stamford Bridge exit as the Portuguese departs Chelsea for what is surely the final time. Some bookies have put Mourinho as favouite to be the next Manchester United manager. The independent have also suggested that Mourinho’s representatives have reached out to Manchester United as it is “the job he covets the most”.

Louis van Gaal will be looking over his shoulder as pressure grows on the United boss to start delivering a brand of football that is usually associated with the twenty times English champions. The news that Pep Guardiola is set to leave his post at Bayern Munich will of course have alerted Manchester City, Chelsea and to a lesser extent Arsenal – who will only ever act on Arsene Wenger’s terms. United will be in the mix for the in demand Spaniard, but Ryan Giggs is surely the more likely candidate to succeed the Dutchman when his contract expires in 2017.

United’s last home goal came in the 2-0 victory over WBA at the start of November , so United need to put in a performance against Norwich City, who last won at Old Trafford back in 1989/90 with a 2-0 victory at the beginning of the season. The visitors have conceded 18 goals away from Carrow Road this campaign, but are up against a United side that are goal shy at home – netting nine goals so far; sixteen goals fewer than Manchester City in third.

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Louis van Gaal looks to Bournemouth victory following Europe exit

Posted on December 12, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Bournemouth, Man United, Premier League   1 Comment »
Louis van Gaal looks to Bournemouth victory following Europe exit
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Louis van Gaal couldn’t watch as his Manchester United side were sent crashing out of Europe

It was never meant to end the way that it did. Manchester United exited the Champions League at the first hurdle, having spent over £90million in the summer on new players – Louis van Gaal was forced, again, to justify his position and reiterate the fact that he believes United are “getting better”. If you witnessed the first half performance against Wolfsburg and how the German side waltzed through the United defence for their second goal – you wouldn’t have though it. Bastian Schweinsteiger, a World Cup winner and a once elegant general of the midfield, looks a player on the decline and was abysmal in the final group game. United travel to the south coast today to take on Bournemouth and will be without Schweinsteiger, who was banned following an incident with Winston Reid in the 0-0 draw with West Ham.

Bournemouth have done wonders under the leadership of Eddie Howe and will play their first league fixture against United ever. Both clubs have met eight times before, with the last tie in the 1988/89 season – a FA Cup 5th round replay. Brian McClair scored the only goal that day and Louis van Gaal will need some of that firepower up top as United look for their first win since beating Watford 2-1 last month. Bournemouth are on a high following the victory over Chelsea last weekend and will no doubt take confidence in the fact that United are now out of the Champions League and could well be another big scalp.

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Slavan Bilic dismisses boring link as United take on West Ham

Posted on December 05, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, West Ham   No Comments »
Slavan Bilic dismisses boring link as United take on West Ham
Robin van Persie scores against West Ham United last season
Now departed Robin van Persie scores the opener against West Ham United last season.

Manchester United welcome West Ham to Old Trafford as the hosts look to close the gap on Manchester City at the top of the table. United drew 1-1 last weekend with Leicester City, when a win would have taken Louis van Gaal’s men to the top of the table – but had to settle for a point, with Bastian Schweinsteiger netting his first goal for the club.

The visitors have lost their last two games away from Upton Park, losing 2-0 to Watford and going down 4-1 to rivals Spurs – whilst United are undefeated at home. Wayne Rooney, who has been struggling for form this season, will miss the game through injury. Rooney is currently on 499 appearances for the club and will have to wait a little longer for his milestone.

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Will Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United score goals against WBA?

Posted on November 07, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Premier League, WBA   No Comments »
Will Louis van Gaal's Manchester United score goals against WBA?
Manchester United lose 1-0 to WBA last season
Manchester United haven’t conceded a goal since the 1-1 draw with CSKA Moscow

The figures do not bode well for an open attacking game at Old Trafford this afternoon. Manchester United haven’t scored a goal in the Premier League since Wayne Rooney’s strike against Everton three weeks ago, whilst WBA have only conceded two goals away from The Hawthorns all season. Looking at the 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace last week, United are struggling to capitalise on the amount of possession the side has during Premier League matches.

This generally applies to games away from Old Trafford – but with WBA’s stingy defence, the 5-5 goal fest in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final is highly unlikely. Louis van Gaal has pleaded for patience with United fans following boos during the CSKA Moscow game in the week – which United won 1-0. Can United pick up in front of goal and pick up three points and seek revenge following the 1-0 defeat to WBA last May?

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Manchester United vs. Manchester City view from the oppo

Posted on October 25, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Manchester City, Match Previews, Premier League   No Comments »
Manchester United vs. Manchester City view from the oppo
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Juan Mata scores United’s third goal in the 4-2 rout at Old Trafford last season

When Manchester United and Manchester City take the field this afternoon, it will be 170th time both clubs have done battle. In fixtures gone by, fans of both sets of clubs have seen the likes of George Best, Franny Lee, Eric Cantona, Georgi Kinkladze, Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Aguero do battle – with United winning seventy of the matches and City forty-nine. If United are victorious in the derby, they will leapfrog City into second place and could even go top for a handsome win (United will need to win by four clear goals). If the away side are victorious, City will return to the top of the Premier League and put some distance between themselves and United.

Wayne Rooney will play his first game for the club at the age of 30 and if he is on the scoresheet will be the 2nd highest goal scorer in the Premier league outright. The United captain is currently joint second with former Manchester United striker, who had a brief spell at Manchester City, on 187 goals. Rooney will have to score a fair few more goals to catch Jimmy Greeves, the all time top goals scoring in English football’s top flight – with 357 goals (Rooney currently in 36th spot).

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David De Gea missing again as United travel to Aston Villa

Posted on August 14, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Aston Villa, Man United, Premier League   1 Comment »
David De Gea missing again as United travel to Aston Villa
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Falcao scores in the 1-1 draw with Aston Villa last season.

Manchester United look to continue their winning start to the season as they travel to Aston Villa. The home side are also buoyant after beating newly promoted Bournemouth on the opening day. All the talk before the game will be whether David De Gea will remain at Manchester United following the revelation from Louis van Gaal the goalkeeper is “not eager to play”. The Spaniard’s future is uncertain following interest from Real Madrid all summer and with his contract up next summer, United could look to cash in – if the price is right. Romero, who started last weekend against Tottenham, will replace De Gea tonight in goal. Marouane Fellaini is still serving a suspension following his sending off against Hull City at the end of last season whilst Phil Jones is still out injured.

United picked up four points against Aston Villa last season, drawing 1-1 at Villa Park and then beating Villa 3-1 at Old Trafford in the return fixture. Can United improve their performance from the opening fixture against Spurs OR will United’s slow start continue?

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What does 2015/16 hold for Manchester United?

Posted on August 09, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Premier League   1 Comment »
What does 2015/16 hold for Manchester United?
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Memphis Depay and Wayne Rooney celebrate on the opening day of the season against Spurs

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Not since last pre-season has a pre-season been full of such optimism and positivity as the pre-season right here. By the time you read this, the league will likely have kicked off and all good vibes will be dead in the water, but let’s live within the next two days for all of eternity and bask in the possibility that maybe this could be the year of Manchester United.

I mean sure, Rafael da Silva may have been unceremoniously dumped from the club despite his passion and sheer lust for starting fights with people, but this is “the biggest club in the world” (a registered trademark of Manchester United Incoming Transfers Ltd) and damn it, our time has come again. The David Moyes train has derailed; all aboard the Van Gaalamotive!(I wholeheartedly apologise to anyone who has ever held a modicum of respect for me. Let us never speak of that line again.)

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